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A fire that erupted Friday in the Santa Ana River bottom on the west end of Jurupa Valley burned roughly five acres before it was stopped.

The non-injury blaze was reported about 11:10 a.m. in the area of Marlatt Street and Limonite Avenue, on the south side of the river bottom, close to the city limits of Norco, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.

The agency said that multiple engine and hand crews from the county, city of Riverside and Corona were sent to the location and encountered flames moving at a moderate rate through thick vegetation, approaching the Hidden Valley Wildlife Area.

Cal Fire water-dropping helicopters and air tankers made several runs on the brusher, aiding firefighters in tying up gaps as they contended with access challenges along the heavily forested river bottom.

Just after 2 p.m., the fire’s forward rate of spread was stopped. Full containment was expected by 5 p.m.

Sheriff’s deputies shut down a segment of Limonite at the location for public safety.

There was no immediate word on what might have caused the fire.

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